In response to the Sept. 7 letter from Ron Roberts of Louisiana, I can only reply with a paraphrase from the final remaining commandment from the book Animal Farm: "All people are equal, some are more equal than others."
Roberts provided an excellent example of the overriding pattern of practice that occupies his side of the political spectrum. The sentence "..seethed with rage..." perfectly frames the justification for all charges and accusations he places against anyone who dares enter into the arena of discussion. He and his side claim the complete right for protest or argument; any questioning or opposition thought is not allowed.
Rage, terror and other extreme emotions reduce our ability to logically respond, especially in the arena of ideas. The overwhelming emotion allows the user to discount opposing views (regardless of validity) and enforce their own views simply because "they feel it is so." Through this style of debate, little facts can be dismissed as not related to the issue. The fact that Cindy Sheehan did meet with the president more than a year ago, from which she emerged with supporting and positive comments about the president, is negated. Her rapid change from an aggrieved mother to a self-proclaimed expert of the Israel/Palestine situation, global warming and a plethora other topics of the "seething rage left" is overlooked.
This visceral hatred forces the afflicted to find code words to personally attack the opponent, much as the race supremacists of the 1950s and 1960s used code words to dehumanize their opponents rather than debate them or accept their hard-fought personal successes. Today's Left responds with vicious anger to any challenge. Their attacks become personal because their arguments are based on emotion, not fact.
The facts are that their empires of control (the big three news services and the "news agencies of record") are dying in comparison to the growth of popularity of talk radio, and the independent Internet news services, is an additional source of anger. The new sources of independent information question the slanted reports of the media. If you care to take even a moment to check the web you find that, yes we are finding WMDs and the facilities to produce them. And yes, Iraq was involved in at least an advisory capacity for the 9/11 attack (that would be the 9/11 Commission Report). Another little fact you will find is that the difference in major nation participants between Iraq and Bosnia is we lost the support of the economic Model "T's" of Germany, France, Belgium and Canada (and I think the oil for food scandal properly explained their reasoning) for the new world powerhouses of South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Roberts followed the standard response found on the left-wing web sites, and you will find that each of the rote attacks leveled was just a new cut of the standard fare. A simple reply to his charge that the Iraqis "hate" us is found in the response of the actions of Iraqi Soldiers at Tadji Military Base (Iraq) who voluntarily collected 1,000,000 dinars (granted, only $680 U.S. dollars, but that is an enormous amount for them) for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Oh, and Kenneth Engelbrecht (son of the family the Bushes bought their Crawford ranch from) still holds rights to graze cattle on the Bush ranch. ...
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